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Hybrid immunity: a combination of vaccination and prior infection probably offers the best protection against COVID

Kateryna Kon/Shutterstock Grace C Roberts, University of Leeds and Lena Glaser, Queen’s University Belfast When we’re exposed to a pathogen such as a virus, our immune system identifies it as a foreign invader and mounts an attack. This ultimately results in the formation of antibodies which can neutralise the invading pathogen next time we encounter it. It’s a complex process. …

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Ukraine: British POWs sentenced to death after ‘show trial’ which appears to violate Geneva Conventions

Britons Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner with Moroccan Brahim Saadoun, who were captured after the siege of the the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol. Image taken from footage of the Supreme Court of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne, University of Bristol Two Britons captured while fighting in Ukraine’s armed forces have been sentenced to death after what has …

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Ukraine war: the US and UK missile systems which will challenge Russia’s artillery dominance

Frank Ledwidge, University of Portsmouth The US and UK have agreed to send Ukraine several medium-range missile systems, despite continuing threats and warnings from Russia about the consequences of continued western support in general, and supply of these weapons in particular. Russia possesses similar weapons in abundance – and has used them extensively. So why are they so concerned about …

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5 things to know about why Russia might invade Ukraine – and why the US is involved

Tatsiana Kulakevich, University of South Florida U.S. President Joe Biden said on Jan. 19, 2022, that he thinks Russia will invade Ukraine, and cautioned Russian president Vladimir Putin that he “will regret having done it,” following months of building tension. Russia has amassed an estimated 100,000 troops along its border with Ukraine over the past several months. In mid-January, Russia …

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Five things you need to know about the Glasgow Climate Pact

Simon Lewis, UCL and Mark Maslin, UCL The COP26 UN climate talks in Glasgow have finished and the gavel has come down on the Glasgow Climate Pact agreed by all 197 countries. If the 2015 Paris Agreement provided the framework for countries to tackle climate change then Glasgow, six years on, was the first major test of this high-water mark …

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Glasgow COP26: climate finance pledges from rich nations are inadequate and time is running out

Shutterstock Melanie Pill, Australian National University The make-or-break United Nations climate talks in Glasgow have begun. Much attention so far has rightly focused on the emissions reduction ambition each nation is taking to the negotiations. But another key goal of the talks is to dramatically scale up so-called “climate finance” for developing nations. Climate finance is money paid by wealthy …

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Bitcoin: China’s crackdown isn’t enough – only a global effort can stop crypto’s monstrous energy demand

Anucha Cheechang/Shutterstock Peter Howson, Northumbria University, Newcastle Huge concrete data centres, permanently plugged into power plants and telephone exchanges, maintain much of online life. But the infrastructure behind internet-based cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, dogecoin and ethereum is more like a rusty travelling circus. And right now, that circus is on the road. Bitcoin relies on a network of millions of …

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In the face of fear and loathing, many British Muslims feel they must play hide and seek with their identity

DrimaFilm/Shutterstock Sham Qayyum, University of Hertfordshire Islamophobia is a form of prejudice that is not well understood. Instead it is often ignored and increasingly even undermined, such as through the argument that claims of Islamophobia are a threat to free speech, or hinder the prevention of crime. Terrorism is an oft-cited example, or more recently “Asian grooming gangs”. As it …

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